20: Ferret

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My brother had a ferret he loved which died since I drew this strip. RIP.
Title text: My brother had a ferret he loved which died since I drew this strip. RIP.

[edit] Explanation

The fact that Cueball lies about his goal could be a commentary on abandoning dreams to avoid confronting societal expectations.

The other stick figure makes fun of Cueball's imagination that involves a ferret flying, and then suggests to go play video games. This shows the irony of his definition of "imagination." He makes fun of Cueball's creative fantasy while instead opting for a mass-produced fantasy.

"RIP" in the title text stands for "Rest In Peace", from the original Latin "Requiescat in pace" as derived from a traditional Catholic burial service. The initialism or phrase was commonly placed on gravestones to indicate the hope that, in whatever existence the deceased now finds him- or herself, he or she may have peace. It has become a frequent motif in cartoons to indicate the death of an individual or character, which has likely contributed to its widespread use to denote the passing of a person, pet, or even abstract concept in popular culture, outside of Catholicism.

The ferret returns in 31: Barrel - Part 5.

[edit] Transcript

[A ferret with airplane wings on it.]
Friend: Why on earth did you make those wings? You don't seriously think they could let your ferret fly, right?
Cueball: I... of course not.
Cueball: That would be pretty dumb. It's just, uh... ...a Halloween costume.
Friend: oh, okay.
Friend: Besides, who would want a pet to fly anyway?
Cueball: Yeah. Pretty lame, huh?
Friend: Anyway, let's go play video games.
[Friend leaves.]
[Friend is gone, and Cueball is looking at ferret.]
[Cueball imagines ferret flying over the ocean near the beach using his makeshift wings.]

[edit] Trivia

  • Randall's original comment: "My brother has a ferret. He holds it like that and generally adores it. I have to concede that it's pretty cute, if smelly."
  • This is the nineteenth comic originally posted to livejournal. The previous was 19: George Clinton. The next was 21: Kepler.
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The wings are gonna have to be waay bigger if that plane is gonna fly. Davidy22[talk] 04:23, 4 February 2013 (UTC)

I wonder if the flying ferret has anything to do with Richard Bach, a noted aviation author who published a series of flying books called "The Ferret Chronicles" in 2002-2003? -- 21:58, 28 October 2013 (UTC)

This is the saddest strip of all! Saijm4444 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Jonathan Livingston Ferret. anonymous (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Could this comic be where the FlyingFerret IRC bot in #xkcd on foonetic.net was originally conceived? 23:55, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
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